Great Lakes & Great Rivers Winter Meeting - IN-PERSON EVENT

Starts:  Feb 14, 2024 06:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Feb 15, 2024 04:00 PM (ET)

This is for in-person attendance, for virtual attendance click here.

Was networking and continuing education part of your New Year's Resolution? SNAME GL & GR is happy to announce that registration is officially open for our Winter Meeting in Cleveland! Please stay tuned for more details, and we look forward to seeing you next month!


Wednesday, February 14

6:00PM – 8:00PM Ice breaker reception


Thursday, February 15

7:00AM – 8:00AM   Continental breakfast

8:00AM – 12:00PM Meeting/Technical Presentations

12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch

1:00PM – 4:00PM   Exclusive Tour of Great Lakes Shipyard and the SS ALPENA - Join us for a tour of Great Lakes Shipyard, culminating in an exclusive visit to the SS ALPENA, the oldest active steamship on the Great Lakes.  Please be aware that spots for this tour are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your place, kindly confirm your participation by sending an email to Travis Martin at at your earliest convenience.



Jim Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association, will provide an update and overview on a range of crucial topics pertinent to Great Lakes Shipping.  These topics include the latest on ballast water treatment requirements, the current status and funding aspects of the Soo Locks project, developments in icebreaking activities and more.


LCDR Joe Burgess, Assistant Chief, Inspections & Investigations Branch at USCG, will discuss general USCG inspection updates. He will also delve into the use of Li Ion batteries in maritime applications, covering aspects like basic science, current USCG policies, built-in safety components, and general risk management strategies. His presentation will address both large-scale installations for ship service/propulsion and the use of electric vehicles (EVs).


Paul Blomquist, Senior Technical Advisor at the Center for Naval Metalworking and Business Development Director at Maritime Technology EWI, will share insights into what EWI is doing to help shipbuilding and appeal for insight from SNAME on needed technologies and materials upon which EWI should focus in future to provide even more assistance to a desperately needed sector in the US portfolio.


Mayuresh Paradkar with ABSG Consulting Inc. will present on the recent Ship Structure Committee paper, "SSC-476 DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION METHODS FOR CRACK ARRESTOR ENHANCED ALUMINUM MARINE STRUCTURES."

Dr. Thomas McKenney, Associate Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan, will discuss the maritime decarbonization challenge and his strategy for integrating this topic into his teaching and research activities at the university




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Hotel registration link: Book your group rate for SNAME Great Lakes/Great Rivers Winter Meeting

Note: It is highly recommended that all guests use the link instead of calling central reservations as they are still experiencing staffing shortages (please note that reservations cannot be made by calling the hotel directly).  As a reminder, guests have until January 15th, 2024 to make their reservations. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

NOTE: If you are a retired SNAME member, please reach out to for registration. 



777 St. Clair Ave NE
Cleveland, OH 44114

Pricing Information

Registration Regular Late
Students $50.00 $75.00
Member $200.00 $225.00
Non-member $225.00 $250.00
Retired Member $50.00 $75.00